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Lights, Camera, Action: The Esquire Will Reopen June 14

The Esquire Theatre, at Sixth and Downing.
The Esquire Theatre, at Sixth and Downing. Corky Scholl
Landmark Theatres, the indie chain that operates the Esquire, says the historic theater at 590 Downing Street will reopen on Friday, June 14. The building was shut down in late 2018 for renovations after sustaining water damage. Jim Jarmusch's The Dead Don't Die will be the first film to play on the Esquire's two screens.

"We're back...and better than ever!" the theater announced on its Facebook page.

The Esquire, which originally opened in 1927 as the Hiawatha Theatre, has been run by Landmark since 1980. The historic — and uncomfortable — seats have been removed and replaced.

"Be sure to come in and check out our modern, comfortable seats and improved theatre-going experience," Landmark posted to the Esquire page.


A picture posted to the theater's Facebook page shows cushy seats with cup holders — the kind of creature comforts offered by AMC and other bigger chains but rarely seen in historic theaters.

Tickets, according to the Esquire's social-media feeds, are likely to go on sale June 10. 
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Kyle Harris has been Westword’s Culture Editor since 2016, writing about the arts, music and film.
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